Hi Ranger

Yes it sad the way the media plays this junk, but I suppose it helps their own surrvival mad.

One of the cool things about skiing in Yosemite is having coyotes running along with me 25 feet away. :)They are looking for a hand out. You look into there eyes and you sense their wildness and fear of me, overcome by their seeking a handout in the winter. I have camped in the midst of coyotes and NEVER had any fear or any reason too.

For that matter, I've camped right in the home territory of a huge blackbear and seen him skirting my camp. I do mark my territory and bang on a pot at sunset and scream "hey bear I'm camping over here", lest he accidentally bump into me. confused

These are my own opinions based on wisdom earned through many wrong decisions. Your mileage may vary.